DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the Islamic State launched two simultaneous large-scale raids on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border amid a wider bid safeguards ISIS-held towns on the Euphrates River from looming army offensives.
After unleashing a large convoy through the desert of Anbar, jihadist belligerents overran a major Al-Kilo checkpoint based around a bridge northwest of the junction city of Rutbah.
During the attack, the Islamic State not only seized an Iraqi Army checkpoint but also captured a large batch of armaments before setting the area alight and withdrawing back to their initial positions near the Syrian border:
In the month of July, a total of 16 similar Islamic attacks have occurred across Anbar province, an Iraqi military source told Al-Masdar News.
With Mosul fully liberated, the Shia-led Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have announced they intended to expel the Islamic State from the entire border and thus, managed to liberate the major town of Al-Baaj in western Nineveh last month.